Jaipur’s finest boutique hotel, in the heart of the old city

Samode Haveli

Samode Haveli

Jaipur
, Rajasthan
, India

A majestic 175 year old mansion, tucked away in the heart of the old part of Jaipur. Gardens, courtyards and terraces abound. With its understated luxury, antique furniture, Rajasthani furnishings and original works-of-art, the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living. It is perfectly positioned for wandering out to explore . It’s a rambling building with many corridors and ancient stair cases and roof terraces. The rooms are scattered all around the building and easy is different, unique and fascinating. Family history adorns the walls and it’s a fabulous boutique hotel.

Our Rating: Luxury
Property Type: Boutique

Destination

The streets of Jaipur are bustling with bazaars and small shops – all waiting on your doorstep.

Accommodation

Accommodation comprises 39 rooms, made up of deluxe rooms, deluxe suites, the Haveli Suite and Sheesh Mahal Suites. 6 twin rooms, 23 double rooms.
All rooms are centrally air-conditioned, have televisions, DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities, overhead fans, hairdryers, safes, and complimentary WIFI.

On account of the building not being purpose built, all rooms vary in shape, size and design. Some do not have windows facing out but they are not gloomy. The rooms are scattered around the building on various floors. They are all stunningly decorated, with great taste and in keeping with the Rajput style and with some of Jaipur’s finest block-printed fabrics. Some are slightly more contemporary than others, in line with the owners’ evolving tastes, but all retain the traditional Rajput charm of the building.

There are rooms on the low floors but due to the design of the building, wheelchair access could be tricky. Hot water bottles are provided on particularly cold nights. Hot water is plentiful.Non smoking rooms are available.

Dining

There is one superb, air-conditioned / heated restaurant in a grand hall at one end of the premises, which is beautifully decorated and offers Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine. The hotel offers a buffet for lunch, table d’hote and a la carte dining, and a separate a-la-carte menu for dinner. It is also possible to order snacks by the pool and room service is readily available. Al fresco dining is also available on the large terrace beside the dining room. Al fresco dinners here are a delight. There is also a stunning stepwell where private dinners may be held – spectacularly lit up with hundreds of candles. Special private dinners can also be arranged. There is a good international wine list.

Experiences

The gentle and caring staff do their utmost to look after your every whim and, since the hotel does not allow groups, each guest receives constant, homely attention. Waiting to welcome you, Samode Haveli is a relaxed, friendly place and is a great option for anyone wanting a delicious, traditional little boutique hotel in the middle of the old city.

Why we love this place

Samode Haveli is a little gem, lying in the heart of Jaipur, amongst a maze of busy streets. Oozing charm and character, it is home to some fabulous frescoes and, with its pretty courtyards and leafy garden, it is difficult to believe that from this sanctuary you can stroll out into the bustling city streets. Formerly the townhouse of the eminent Samode Family, it still breathes history and the owners have been careful to retain the tradition and authenticity of the place – one really does feel like you are stepping back in time here and family memorabilia adorns the walls. Hidden staircases, surprise courtyards and terraces make this lovely hotel a treat to explore in itself.

About your host

Perfectionists to the end, the family are constantly thinking up mouth-watering new menus and the gloriously grand dining room, bar and al fresco dining courtyard are a triumph – any gourmet would be satisfied here.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Samode Haveli is active in supporting and giving employment to people from Samode Village and the villages around.

Samode Hotels has its own charitable trust which helps the village councils improve sanitation, education, medical and infrastructure. From every room sold 2% goes to the charitable trust. Some of the work done by the trust includes: providing invertors for electricity back up for the school at Samode; providing doctor’s kit and medical equipment to the Government Hospital; offering and providing financial help for medical treatment to villagers; the restoration and repair of the ancient village temple; providing milk and fruit distribution to students in the village schools as refreshments; providing water supplies to the village during the summer months when water becomes scarce; cleaning and maintaining the village roads.

Our Recommendation

There is so much to see and do in the Jaipur area that it is a good idea to allow enough time to explore the area and also enough time to switch off and just enjoy being there.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)